Dry Needling: How Can Dry Needling Help Me?

How can dry needling help me?

Here’s a simple example of how dry needling might help you with your pain:

Lower back pain is sometimes associated with nerve irritation from underlying wear and tear or trauma (but not always!).

These abnormalities irritate the nerve root and can lead to muscle dysfunction and shortening.

The flow on effect is the development of pain leading to changes in movement patterns, muscle use and further complications.

Through the use of dry needling this muscle dysfunction can be reversed and the nerve irritation controlled to prevent ongoing episodes of pain.

Other issues where dry needling is commonly used:

  • Hip and groin muscular issues

  • Lower back pain and stiffness,

  • Thigh or knee symptoms,

  • Shoulder “impingement” and neck pain

  • Forearm “golfer’s elbow” and “tennis elbow” issues.

  • Muscular bruising

  • Shin splints

  • Sciatica

  • Rotator cuff injury


In what situations should I consider not using dry needling?

The most common side effect is temporary soreness in the muscle being treated especially in and around the needle sites but this typically resolves in a day or two.

Generally this would not affect performance the next day but may be an issue for some people who would prefer to avoid this at all cost.

Obviously if you have a needle phobia, we don’t want to cause you distress.

This is one treatment option from a number on offer and whilst it may be the most effective in some situations, it should not be something that creates distress for you.

Some other things to discuss with your clinician prior to giving consent for treatment:

  • Are you pregnant or possibly pregnant

  • Do you have an allergy to metal (the needles being inserted are metal objects)

  • Do you have any breast or other surgical implants in the area of needling

  • Have you had axillary or inguinal node dissection

  • Do you have any blood borne disease/virus (just so we can take extra precautions/care)


Once you give your consent treatment will begin and your therapist will check regularly with you on what is being felt and if there is any unusual or significant symptoms being experienced you can request treatment be discontinued at any stage.


I hope this has helped you in understanding one of the many treatments we offer at Terrace Physio Plus.

If you have further questions please do not hesitate to ask and get in touch with us to help you achieve the best outcome with the best treatment option.